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Message posted by Webmaster on 16 November 2003 at 9:31pm - IP Logged
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Discuss your memories of Grandview Bowl and Cassidy Speedway.

Message posted by Mike Muntain on 28 April 2004 at 1:07pm - IP Logged
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I was a regular at Grandview Bowl in Nanaimo for many years. My Grand Parents were the care takers of the bowl and would keep the keys to the gate. This allowed me access to tuesday nite practice as well as entry to every race.

I remember well the concession stands with their plywood windows which would drop down when they were open and the chip trailer. The Smugglers Hill crowd who sat on the hoods of their cars rather than pay to see the race.

I would love to find a few pictures of the track and events myself. There has to be several still around as there was a booth where pictures of cars and drivers were sold as well as other item.

Good luck, I hope you find enough to write about. I was considering collecting info and pics myself for an atricle, which is how I found your site.

Mike Muntain

themuntains@aol.com

 


Message posted by Jeff on 22 June 2005 at 9:48am - IP Logged
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Think these are some pictures of the Grandview bowl with bikes racing on it in 2004. Find it on Google while trying to find some pictures of the bowl, i could be wrong though.

http://barnlive.com/photos/index.php?folder=/Cyclocross/Vancouver%20Island%2004/


Message posted by Web master on 22 June 2005 at 1:08pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 22 June 2005

Think these are some pictures of the Grandview bowl with bikes racing on it in 2004. Find it on Google while trying to find some pictures of the bowl, i could be wrong though.

http://barnlive.com/photos/index.php?folder=/Cyclocross/Vancouver%20Island%2004/


I only have 1 photo of Grandview Bowl and the track in the link looks like it.

Message posted by Dave Morrison on 20 September 2005 at 10:49am - IP Logged
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  I raced at Cassidy Speedway and won Rookie of the year honors there. the reason Cassidy closed was not financial but Political. As Vvce president of MIARA I learned that much available money that should have gone to the club was being diverted into the pockets of crooked politicians.

One example of the inequities observed: The Deep sea diving Club on the Island, (I forget their actual name.) Received enough Money to buy some old war ships, have them enviromentally cleaned, and skuttled in the ocean so that they would have something to look at when they went diving.  At that time their club had about 35 members. MIARA at that time had around 500 members and was blocked from receiving any of the same such funds we were entitled to as a non-profit organization.

  Retroactive Zoning laws were passed to kill Cassidy Speedway and so eventually the track was forced to close. I recall Crowds of over 10,000 people often at Cassidy.  In Canada Auto racing is Hated By political types.

 I recall Many great times there. Many racers I have met since then all say Cassidy was their favorite Dirt Track!

 


Message posted by Web master on 20 September 2005 at 11:40am - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 20 September 2005

  I raced at Cassidy Speedway and won Rookie of the year honors there. the reason Cassidy closed was not financial but Political. As Vvce president of MIARA I learned that much available money that should have gone to the club was being diverted into the pockets of crooked politicians.

One example of the inequities observed: The Deep sea diving Club on the Island, (I forget their actual name.) Received enough Money to buy some old war ships, have them enviromentally cleaned, and skuttled in the ocean so that they would have something to look at when they went diving.  At that time their club had about 35 members. MIARA at that time had around 500 members and was blocked from receiving any of the same such funds we were entitled to as a non-profit organization.

  Retroactive Zoning laws were passed to kill Cassidy Speedway and so eventually the track was forced to close. I recall Crowds of over 10,000 people often at Cassidy.  In Canada Auto racing is Hated By political types.

 I recall Many great times there. Many racers I have met since then all say Cassidy was their favorite Dirt Track!

 


Dave,

Thanks for the info. I'll update the Ghost Track page and the track database. The weird thing about politicians and racing is their short-sightedness. In your case, Cassidy Speedway probably brought in more money to local businesses than a diving club.


Message posted by Rob Brown on 10 October 2005 at 10:39pm - IP Logged
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Its a shame that Cassidy speedway shut down... I also won a track championships their...

dwntownmrbrwn@hotmail.com


Message posted by bp on 11 October 2005 at 1:46am - IP Logged
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I've done a little research on Grandview Bowl mainly for the years 1961, 1963 and 1966. And that was done by going to Malaspina College and scouring the microfilm of the local newspaper, The Nanaimo Free Press. And usually doing that while on my way from the mainland to Victoria for the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

One year at the HoF I screwed up my courage and mentioned to Ray Pottinger I'd come across a story about him towing to Montana for a sprint car race in 1961. There was a fatality and to add insult to the whole proceedings the promoter ran off with the money. Apparently it was the second time that promoter had done that. Ray had some sponsor money so he broke even and brought the family along for a vacation.

I did 1963 because it was the first year of CAMRA and there were some races at Grandview. In 1966 VITRA at Western (Victoria) and BCTRA at Langley Speedway both were having disputes with the track owners so they used Grandview for the Inter-City supermodified series. About ten races with the modifieds. Al Smith of Victoria won the series. One guy, Don Bennett in The Mongoose, finished fourth and will be at the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneer Society ceremony October 16th in Burnaby. (Plug, plug.)

Somebody (Ian somethingorother) did a series of articles on Grandview for the old Geared For Racing magazine out of Courtenay.

Message posted by Murray Jones on 14 December 2005 at 11:45pm - IP Logged
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I raced at Cassidy Speedway for 3 years until it closed. We all loved the track and hate that it is closed. In my opinion, anytime a viable track is shut down because of poitics or NIMBYism, it is a huge loss to thousands of people from the drivers and fans to the businesses and their patrons that support them. I hope for the day that racing in canada gets more respect, especially from the people that have the power to keep these tracks open.


Message posted by William Gold on 19 December 2005 at 10:50pm - IP Logged
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I remember so much of GrandView Bowl, My father was Jack Gold,an island racer in the late 60's early 70's. I was born a mile away from the track at Nanimo General, In december as to not arrive mid race season. Our house was 100 hundred yards behind turn 2 on spencer road. No need for a tow vechicle when running the bowl. Many a car was built or repaired in our basement, actually lost one of our cats due to paint fumes.....My older brother Doug Gold started his racing at GrandView and has since relocated to racing central North Carolina where he  currently runs 360 sprints. I live in Alberta and crew chief an outlaw modified. The church of the almighty left turn is alive and well in our family.

Message posted by bill sharp on 03 January 2006 at 7:18pm - IP Logged
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wher is barry chamberlin bob desormeaux frank mc cabe len bacelo they raced at digney false creek haney langley they were fan faverites and good drivers bob i belive went on to be starter for langley also for camra races it would be nice to have you print something on them thanks

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Message posted by Brian Pratt on 04 January 2006 at 2:03pm - IP Logged
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Bill,
Not sure about the rest but I met Frank McCabe and his wife last fall at the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society ceremony in Burnaby. Frank lives in the Langley area and was interested in attending as his friend, Ken Klatt, was going to be recognized for his success in racing over the years at all those speedways -- Digney, False Creek, Haney and Langley.

Not sure about the others. I believe Barry Chamberlain's son raced at Skagit for awhile. Maybe he still does.

Bob Desormeaux and Len Barcelo I have no idea on.
Brian

Message posted by Murray Jones on 04 January 2006 at 9:00pm - IP Logged
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The first Picture of Cassidy Speedway from 1998 Submitted by Bud shows me standing outside the track with my freind Jeff as we wait to cross back to the pit area. We were there to race dwarf cars and my car is almost exactly opposit me. (The yellow one!) Cheers!

Message posted by bg on 31 January 2006 at 12:51am - IP Logged
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rumour has it that shareholders are reapplying to get zoneing bylaws changed to open it up for races again!

Message posted by 48 early late on 05 February 2006 at 11:29pm - IP Logged
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Barry Chamberlain's son (Cory) is still racing at Skagit, he raced with my nephew Tyson Cross.  As far as I know Barry is still living in Coquitlam.  You might be able to do some research about Chamberlain's on the fogg restoration website. 

Good Luck!


Message posted by rob brown on 07 February 2006 at 12:07am - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 31 January 2006
rumour has it that shareholders are reapplying to get zoneing bylaws changed to open it up for races again!

Were are these rumours coming from? if they are true i would like to help.

dwntownmrbrwn@hotmail.com


Message posted by bg on 08 February 2006 at 2:17pm - IP Logged
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rumours are from dave smith who is also a shareholder at cassidy. truth to the rumour ?  

Message posted by Langley Fan on 16 February 2006 at 2:51pm - IP Logged
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What ever happened to Larry Sproule ? Was'nt he a past champion ?

Message posted by Brian Pratt on 17 February 2006 at 3:28am - IP Logged
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Larry is still around living in the Fraser Valley. He was the B modified champ in 1966 for the Inter-City series that mainly ran at Grandview Bowl that season as Western and Langley Speedways were having wars with VITRA and BCTRA respectively.

Larry was also A modified champ at Langley Speedway in 1967 driving the Jim Marchant roadster.

Message posted by Brian Pratt on 17 February 2006 at 3:30am - IP Logged
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I should look at my own notes. Larry Sproule was also the Open Comp champ at Langley in 1982.

Message posted by langley fan on 17 February 2006 at 2:06pm - IP Logged
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  I think he was also A modified champ in1971 with Jim Marchant's rear engine car , Later he moved to penticton & won several championships there

Message posted by Brian Pratt on 21 February 2006 at 10:39pm - IP Logged
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I don't have enough information on the early 1970s to say with any authority if Larry Sproule was the A modified champ at Langley in 1971 with the Jim Marchant rear-engined machine.

I only have information on the A modifieds running at Langley four times in 1971: Len Barcelo won three mains, and Cal Arnold once.

In 1972 the A modifieds ran four times as well with U.S. drivers Casey Stangel, Bob Hoezle and Bob Seelman winning features. Larry Sproule did win a Washington Racing Association feature at Langley with the Marchant rear-engined car September 3, 1972.

(Sorry for the slow reply. Out of town for the weekend.)

Message posted by Cliff on 02 March 2006 at 1:17pm - IP Logged
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If I remember right , Larry won the championship that day . Tom Sneva was there with his 4 - wheel drive rear engine car .

Message posted by BOB on 07 March 2006 at 8:50pm - IP Logged
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I Think Larry Sproule Works At The Dodge Dealer In Langley......

Message posted by Cliff on 16 March 2006 at 4:20pm - IP Logged
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I have been involved in racing since i was six years old the reason why the track my father raced at in Ontario closed was some people who did not have a life and lived a couple of miles from the track complained to the township about the noise. It is people like that along with politicans that are killing small track racing The track that my father raced at is still there it was forced to close around 1970. Have some great memories though


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